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Thursday, 3 January 2008

  • Leading article: A test of the Government's environmental credentials
    Friday, 4 January 2008

    The owner of the Kingsnorth power station in Kent, E.on UK, wants to replace the existing plant with two new coal units by 2012. According to the company's chief executive, these units will be more efficient than the existing plant and also more envi...

  • Sarah Churchwell: I'm sorry, but I don't like watching sex on the screen
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    I share the anticipation for three different reasons. I am a long-time fan of Lee's work, although I was apostate about Brokeback Mountain, which seemed to me deeply implausible from the first sexual encounter (that said, I also know nothing about ga...

  • Leading article: A dispiriting anniversary
    Friday, 4 January 2008

    Apprehended and beaten in night-time raids, they have been dispersed to the far provinces or forced to flee abroad. The flickers of hope that followed the intervention of the UN mediator and his meetings with the opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, ...

  • John Webster: Consumers have power to end this cruelty
    Friday, 4 January 2008

    Fifteen years ago, I wrote that "approximately one-third of the heavy strains of broiler chicken are in chronic pain for approximately one-third of their lives". This view was shared by the UK Farm Animal Welfare Council (Fawc), who stated: "The curr...

  • Letters: Pakistan
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    Power has always been a bone of contention between the powerful military generals and the feudal aristocracy, with disastrous consequences for the masses. The people and the religion have always been used by both parties as pawns on the chess board o...

  • Leading article: What a way to run a railway
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    But the private train operators are hardly paragons of efficiency either. For years, they have operated a ridiculously complex ticket pricing structure, running misleading advertising about low fares. And their services have often been dire, with lat...

  • Jeremy Laurance: Shouldn't the RSPCA be advocating vegetarianism?
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    The campaign is timed to co-incide with a series of programmes on Channel 4 entitled The Big Food Fight, which promise to expose the "hideous reality" of animal production. It is fronted by the celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittings...

  • Leading article: Food for thought
    Friday, 4 January 2008

    Dyspepsia is a nice little earner for the drug companies. Almost seven million prescriptions a year are written for indigestion remedies, most of them for proton pump inhibitors, the strongest and most expensive on chemist's shelves. Yet most patient...

  • Leading article: Where there's a will...
    Thursday, 3 January 2008

    The relatives in both instances were not amused. Ms Bechal's five nephews and nieces challenged the will in the High Court, claiming that their aunt was suffering from dementia at the time she made her quixotic bequest. Apparently, this is part of a ...

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